Identity Management

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
ORCID is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale.

ORCID is a unique identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. This is designed to be a career-long identifier – it stays with you no matter which institution or country you are in.

Publications can be brought into an ORCID profile from sources such as Scopus, Web of Science, Research Data Australia, PubMed, and Google Scholar. These Library FAQs provide guidance on creating an ORCID ID and populating the record. For further information on adding works to your ORCID profile, please refer to the ORCID Knowledge Base.

The Australian Research Council has recently implemented additional functionality into their RMS, which allows users to add research output data from their ORCID profile directly into their Discovery Projects (DP) scheme 2020 application forms. Follow these step-by-step instructions to link your ORCID in the ARC RMS.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. Make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name or publications.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to set up your Google Scholar profile.

Additional researcher identities to consider

Databases such as Scopus and Web of Science create author identities through automatic matching based on cited name. No author matching algorithm is perfect. If you notice errors relating to your identity in Scopus or Web of Science, they can be corrected.

  • Scopus: Do an author search for your name. If there are multiple profiles or other errors, use the Author wizard to make corrections.
  • Web of Science: Do an author search for your name and click on the correct author record. If the author record is currently unclaimed, click the 'Claim this record' button next to your name and follow the prompts. Once the record is claimed, you will be assigned a ResearcherID (see below for further instructions). If there are multiple author records, check the boxes for each record that applies and click 'View combined record' at the top of the list. If there are incorrect publications included on this combined list, scroll to the 'Improve this author record' box on the right and click 'Correct the record'. Here you can deselect any publications to be removed from the author record, then click 'Submit updates'. If the combined author record is correct, but currently unclaimed, click the 'Claim this record' button next to your name and follow the prompts. Once the record is claimed, you will be assigned a ResearcherID (see below).
  • ResearcherID
    ResearcherID is a unique identifier that consolidates your Web of Science author profile with your Publons profile.  Registered users can update their profile information; build their publication list using Web of Science search services or by uploading a file; and select to make their profile public or private. Registered as well as non-registered users can search the Researcher Registry to view profiles and find potential collaborators.

Western Sydney University research is made searchable and accessible to the global research community via the Institutional Repository, ResearchDirect. Access to the full text of the publication or output will be made available where possible. Publications that fall within Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) categories will appear in ResearchDirect, and will also appear on the Researcher Portal and Staff Profiles, Please email any name/publication corrections or queries to

For further assistance, please contact your School Librarian.